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What is it?

Glomerulonephritis affects the tiny filters of kidneys. These tiny filters are known as Glomeruli and are responsible for removing toxins and wastes from the bloodstream. These toxins get released from the body by urine. A prolonged Glomerulonephritis condition can damage the kidneys.

Glomerulonephritis occurs on its own or as part of another disease, such as lupus or diabetes.

What is it?

Doctor close-up of a doctor showing a picture of a kidney on a tablet in a hospital

Glomerulonephritis affects the tiny filters of kidneys. These tiny filters are known as Glomeruli and are responsible for removing toxins and wastes from the bloodstream. These toxins get released from the body by urine. A prolonged Glomerulonephritis condition can damage the kidneys.

Glomerulonephritis occurs on its own or as part of another disease, such as lupus or diabetes.

Causes

  • Post-streptococcal
  • glomerulonephritis
  • Bacterial endocarditis
  • Viral infections
  • Lupus
  • Goodpasture's syndrome
  • IgA nephropathy
  • Polyarteritis
  • Granulomatosis with polyangiitis
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetic kidney disease (diabetic nephropathy)
  • Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis

Treatment

  • Plasma dialysis
  • Haemodialysis
  • Medication

Symptoms

  • Pink or cola-colored urine from red blood cells in your urine (hematuria)
  • Foamy urine due to excess protein (proteinuria)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Fluid retention (edema) with swelling evident in your face, hands, feet and abdomen.

Risk Factors

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Salt Diet
  • Diabetes

Causes

  • Post-streptococcal
  • glomerulonephritis
  • Bacterial endocarditis
  • Viral infections
  • Lupus
  • Goodpasture's syndrome
  • IgA nephropathy
  • Polyarteritis
  • Granulomatosis with polyangiitis
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetic kidney disease (diabetic nephropathy)
  • Focal segmental glomerulosclerosis

Treatment

  • Plasma dialysis
  • Haemodialysis
  • Medication

Symptoms

  • Pink or cola-colored urine from red blood cells in your urine (hematuria)
  • Foamy urine due to excess protein (proteinuria)
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Fluid retention (edema) with swelling evident in your face, hands, feet and abdomen.

Risk Factors

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Salt Diet
  • Diabetes